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What does a network admin see when you use Google Reader?

Asked by metadog (378points) April 26th, 2009

I roll through a lot of my blogs via Google Reader at work. Most of what I look at is related to my work, some of it isn’t. If my network guys took an interest in me, what would they see? A lot of time in Google Reader, or every blog that Google Reader is set to tap? If they can see everything, is there a way to prevent that? Short of setting up a proxy server (though not ruled out as an option)... Thanks!

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tekn0lust's avatar

If your address bar starts with this:

Then they will see the address you are visiting but not the content. SSL content is viewable though not easily. If you link to a proxy then they will see your traffic out to the proxy.

I am a system admin and have worked in several environments. Use of a proxy server in those environments will get you terminated, immediately. So I would check with your employee handbook and use a little bit of common sense before you go visiting something you don’t want your co workers to know about.

StellarAirman's avatar

They could also have screen monitoring software installed on your machine, in which case they would see everything that you saw, regardless of SSL or Proxy servers, etc.

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